A new study has linked drinking only a small glass of a sugary beverage for each day – 100 ml, about 33% of a run of the mill container of soda – to a 18% expansion in by and large cancer risk and a 22% increase in risk for breast cancer.
The research, which took a gander at in excess of 100,000 French adults, joins utilization of sugary beverages to an expanded risk of certain cancers. This pursues an ongoing report connecting sugary beverage consumption to greater risk of premature death.
“The results indicate statistically significant correlations between the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and risk of all cancers combined, and of breast cancer,” said Ian Johnson, nutrition researcher and emeritus fellow, Quadram Institute Bioscience, who wasn’t involved in the research.
“Surprisingly perhaps, the increased risk of cancer in heavier consumers of sugary drinks was observed even among consumers of pure fruit juice — this warrants more research,” Johnson told the Science Media Centre in the UK.
Mathilde Touvier, lead author of the study which was published Wednesday in medical journal BMJ, said that the findings added to research showing that reducing how many sweetened beverages we drink would be beneficial for our health.
“What we observed was that the main driver of the association seems to be really the sugar contained in these sugary drinks,” said Touvier, who is the research director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team of the National Health and Medical Research Institute at the Paris 13 University.
Touvier said her team observed that sugar seemed to be the main driver of the link.
“High sugary drinks consumption is a risk factor for obesity and weight gain,” she said, and, “obesity is in itself a risk factor for cancer.”
Another probability is that added substances, for example, 4-methylimidazole, which is found in beverages that contain caramel coloring, could assume a role in cancer formation.
Touvier suggested that individuals should adhere to general health rules that prescribe constraining sugary beverages to a limit of one glass a day.
Responding to the study, the American Beverage Association stressed the safety of sugary drinks.
“It’s important for people to know that all beverages — either with sugar or without are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet,” Danielle Smotkin, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association said in a statement.
“That said, America’s leading beverage companies are working together to support consumer’ efforts to reduce the sugar they consume from our beverages by providing more choices with less sugar or zero sugar, smaller package sizes and clear calorie information right up front.”
No link found with diet sodas
The research found no connection betweendiet beverages and cancer. The creators cautioned that this finding ought to be translated with alert, as this kind of drink had a moderately low consumption among the study participants.
An investigation distributed recently discovered that drinking at least two of any sort of falsely improved beverage daily was connected to an expanded danger of cluster based strokes, heart assaults and early demise in ladies more than 50.
However, Catherine Collins, a dietician in the UK’s National Health Service, said that the absence of cancer risk in using diet drinks was the “take-home message” of the research.
“For too long the nutri-myth of sweeteners being a health risk has remained in popular culture,” she told the Science Media Centre in the UK.
“All current sweeteners in use have been through rigorous safety testing before being acceptable for human use,” said Collins, who was not involved in the study.*
‘There is more work to be done’
For the new study, the research team took a gander at 101,257 sound French grown-ups – 79% women and 21% men who partook in the progressing French NutriNet-Santé study.
Members, who were by and large 42 years of age, rounded out in any event two surveys and were pursued over a nine-year time span. Their consumption of sugary beverages was checked by members submitting in any event two 24-hour diet review polls, which got some information about their standard admission of 3,300 extraordinary
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Day by day utilization of sugary beverages – sugar-improved drinks and 100% natural product juices – and falsely improved or diet refreshments were determined and first instances of cancer reported by participants were validated by medical records and linked with health insurance national databases.
All things considered, men devoured more sugary beverages than women – 90.3 ml day by day contrasted with 74.6 ml. Hazard factors for cancer, such as age, sex, educational level, family history of cancer, smoking status and physical activity, were considered in the study.
During the investigation’s subsequent period, an aggregate of 2,193 first instances of cancer were analyzed, at the normal age of 59 years. Of these, 693 were breast cancers, 291 were prostate cancer cases and 166 were colorectal cancers.
Be that as it may, this examination is observational and doesn’t show circumstances and logical results.
However, this study is observational and doesn’t show cause and effect.
That’s a major limitation, researchers say, as it’s impossible to determine whether the association is due to a type of beverage or another hidden health issue.
“While this study doesn’t offer a definitive causative answer about sugar and cancer, it does add to the overall picture of the importance of the current drive to reduce our sugar intake,” said Amelia Lake, reader in public health nutrition at Teesside University.
“Clearly there is more work to be done and measuring dietary intake is challenging, however, the message from the totality of evidence on excess sugar consumption and various health outcomes is clear — reducing the amount of sugar in our diet is extremely important,” Lake told the Science Media Centre in the UK.